More Dangers in Nigeria as Anthrax Outbreak is Confirmed.
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed an anthrax case in Nigeria. It was first seen in Niger state after a multi-species farm located At Gajiti, along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, reported that some of the animals were showing signs of Anthrax including oozing blood from the Anus, nose, eyes, and ears. The rapid Team on the farm took samples and had a lab test at NVRI which confirmed the disease.
The Federal Government through Agriculture and Rural Development officially confirmed the First case of Anthrax in Nigeria today (Monday). A statement by the chief veterinary officer of Nigeria Columba Vakuru mentioned that animals showing signs of Anthrax were first reported on the 14th of July, 2023.
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According to the statement, it says “ the case was in the multi-species Animal farm comprising Cattle, Sheep, and Goats located at Gajiri, alongside the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway in Suleja Local Government Area, Niger state where some of the animals had symptoms including oozing of blood from their body openings e.g Anus, Nose, Eyes, and ears.
Nigerians can be affected by this dangerous disease outbreak during the handling of animal products infected with the anthrax disease. The NCDC stated that the anthrax Outbreak in Ghana has put public health on a risky line due to the Highly transmissible nature of the disease. This was stated in a joint public health advisory signed by The agency’s director general Ifedayo Adetifa and the chief veterinary officer of Nigeria.
The agency has called attention to the danger of traveling t the Northern region of Ghana where the reported. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone affected with pulmonary anthrax may experience respiratory collapse sn suffer the highest mortality rate m, 92% of these cases result in death.
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It is now advisable that people who consume Ponmo, smoked meat, and bushmeat be more cautious. This bacteria disease spreads with humans are in contact. It is treatable with antibiotics but only when it’s diagnosed early. One can fall sick in different ways, depending on exposure to the bacterium. It is necessary to handle uncooked meat with excessive caution, not eating a dead cow is also a precautionary measure to keeping oneself safe.